WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- For the first time during the campaign, Hillary Clinton was forced to listen to someone bring up her husband's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton, who was at Wake Forest University, was speaking at an event honoring famed poet and Clinton supporter Maya Angelou when she opened the floor for questions.
A woman stood up and said "Hillary I love you. I always have and I always will and I felt so sorry for you when Bill had his affair." Immediately the crowd began to grumble and shift around awkwardly.
Clinton stood poised on the stage but soon reached over to a glass of water and started drinking it. The woman continued, "I think now the best way to overcome it is to become president."
The crowd tried to drown her out, but the woman said her question was who Clinton would choose as her running mate. Clinton did not respond to the comments regarding the "affair," as the woman put it, but rather went straight into answering the running mate question.
The crowd cheered for Clinton as though to offer support. Clinon has never faced a question in public about Lewinsky during the campaign, however, her daughter Chelsea has been asked more than once about it.
Meantime, Clinton's North Carolina campaign director Ace Smith told reporters on Friday that he does not expect to win the state in the upcoming May 6 primary.
Smith, who has served as state director for Clinton in other states like Texas and California, said he inherited a state with a 15 to 20-point deficit. When asked if he expects to win North Carolina Smith said, "No. That would be the biggest upset of the century."
"Our measure of success is knocking this thing into single digits," he added.
Although it is common for campaigns to lower expectations ahead of a primary, it is pretty clear that Clinton expects a big loss in North Carolina. But Clinton cannot afford to suffer a large double-digit loss like the one she had in late January in South Carolina. Clinton, who was coming off a win in Nevada, was unable to narrow the gap, leaving her with a 15-point loss, a loss from which some feel she never quite recovered.
But May 6 offers Clinton another opportunity in Indiana. It is a state with similar demographics to Ohio, a state she won handily, and similar to Pennsylvania, a state she is favored to win on April 22. The trouble Clinton faces is that she is currently trailing Barack Obama in recent polls in Indiana, but it remains a much closer contest. One thing her campaign maintains is that despite the outcomes in Pennsylvania, North Carolina or Indiana, the Clinton campaign will stay in the race.